NM production up for cotton, down for peanuts

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) – A new report shows that New Mexico production numbers for agricultural crops last year were mixed.

The Portales News-Tribune reports that the USDA’s annual crop summary last month showed that sorghum, cotton and hay production numbers for New Mexico rose last year while winter wheat production was down by 33 percent.

The summary says peanut production also fell by 29 percent.

New Mexico county extension agents said the reason for the production numbers of both crops being down is simple: Drought.

Dunlap and Roosevelt County Extension Agent Patrick Kircher says the closing of Sunland Peanuts in 2013 also could have had an impact on production numbers.

The Roosevelt County peanut processor went bankrupt in 2013 after a national salmonella outbreak in 2012 traced back to the plant. The plant’s doors have remained closed since.

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